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Happy blogiversary! I can't decide whether I thought you left that awful job more or less than 3 years ago, but good riddance to it in any event!
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2018 on Anniversaries at Kingfisher Cove
Once again it's time to take note of the fact that another year has gone by, and as of today it's now been a whopping 14 years since I started this blog! As I mentioned last year, social media and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2018 at verbatim
A few weeks ago, I made an old favorite dish that I'd kind of forgotten about—Arroz con Pollo—and was reminded of why it had been a favorite. This version is a bit of work, but nothing too difficult, and it's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2018 at verbatim
You know those "sponsored posts" (read: ads) that show up in your Instagram or Facebook feed? Usually I scroll right on by, but now and then one catches my eye. In truth, it's more than "now and then": I find... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at verbatim
The title of this post does not refer to the yummy recipe below, but rather to my new composting service! For the last few weeks, I've been using City Compost to pick up and cart away all my kitchen scraps—and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2018 at verbatim
Those who've been reading verbatim since the Old Days (read: before social media, when blogging was all there was) know that I generally have terrible experiences with appliances, large or small—I'm not sure whether there were more posts here about... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2018 at verbatim
Happy New Year, everyone! We survived the bomb-cyclone but decided it still wasn't quite cold enough here in Boston, so we've decided to get up tomorrow morning while it's still dark and drive 200 miles northeast. Yes, it's time to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2018 at verbatim
As I mentioned not too long ago, Pete is spending this semester in Spain at the University of Salamanca. Last week was his mid-semester break, so Andy and I went to visit him! It was a great trip. We flew... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at verbatim
I want to share a recipe with you, but first I realize I didn't mention this yet: Last month was a one-night-only screening of May It Last, the documentary that Judd Apatow made about the Avett Brothers. I had bought... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2017 at verbatim
Steph is a junior at Wheelock and still loving her Early Childhood Education program. Some of you may have seen a news item that Wheelock is (likely) going to become part of Boston University! So Steph would graduate from BU's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at verbatim
Ha, you thought I wasn't going to blog in August, didn't you! This will be yet another of my famous catching-up posts. This has not been my favorite summer, as I didn't do a very good job with the work-life... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at verbatim
You guys, look at me posting twice in two days! I realize I never mentioned a few months ago that I had read A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Although I had very much enjoyed Towles's previous novel, Rules... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at verbatim
Some of you may remember that our beloved 4-year-old kitty Violet got sick and died suddenly last fall. Then, this spring, our old-lady cat Grace died at age 16. That left only Luna, Violet's littermate. She has always been a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2017 at verbatim
Yikes, I guess "Write something—anything!—on the blog" never made it to my To-Do list in May. So here comes another mishmash of stuff I've been up to. Editing books, of course! You know I have edited a bunch of Michael... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at verbatim
Last month was the annual American Copy Editors Society conference, this time in St. Petersburg, Florida. (I am not a big fan of Florida, but at least it was an easy flight and no time change!) Every year I get... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at verbatim
Mazel tov! So you'll have a nice, balanced Libra grandson! :) Andy just sent away for those DNA saliva kits for us to determine our ethnic makeup.
Toggle Commented Apr 9, 2017 on Happy Happy Joy Joy!!! at Kingfisher Cove
You guys, it's my blogiversary! On this date 13 YEARS AGO I posted my first entry in this blog. Steph was 7, Pete was about to turn 5, and Julie was a wee 2-year-old. (I've been 39 this entire time,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at verbatim
I can't tell you how many posts I've started and then deleted since that last one. I definitely do not want this to become an all-politics blog, as I'm already spending far too much time, energy, brain real estate, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at verbatim
Look who's still here, alive and (sort of) kicking! I pretty much shut down after the election. And no, it wasn't a "Boo hoo, poor me, my candidate lost" thing. I've been there before and come out fine(ish) on the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at verbatim
Here's a Rachael Ray recipe I clipped many years ago but never got around to making—until last night. It was a bit of work but came out great. And I even remembered to take a photo! Cordon Croquettes 1 pound... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2016 at verbatim
I just finished reading The Rocks by Peter Nichols. When I first picked it up, I thought I'd already read it, because the cover looks so similar to Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter (reviewed here): But instead of the Italian... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2016 at verbatim
Hmm ... I think I'm overdue with an update on what books I've edited recently, so I'll just try to remember the highlights. The first one is a self-help book about being in a relationship with an addict, with a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at verbatim
Today is the last day that Julie will be 14! I'm posting this now rather than on her actual birthday, which happens to fall on Yom Kippur. The most recent photo I have of her is from last June's middle... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at verbatim
As I mentioned the other day, I was recently in New York City! Yes, really—I took the train and stayed in a hotel all by myself like a real grown-up! I was there for a conference, but not the one... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at verbatim
If you've read this blog for the last, what, 12 years? or known me personally since the mid-eighties, you know that every single Labor Day weekend we go up to the White Mountains for the Lancaster County Fair. Every. Single.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2016 at verbatim